Preet Bharara

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in an address before the state’s business leaders Friday in Lake George, promoted his economic development plans, including the Buffalo Billion initiative, and fended off questions on reports that some of the projects are under investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

When Senator Skelos was arrested for alleged corruption on May 4th, a clock started ticking.  In previous arrests, Governor Cuomo would weigh in with a raft of ethics changes within a couple of weeks.  When former Assembly Speaker Silver was arrested on January 22nd, the governor waited until the Assembly sorted itself out and then gave a major speech to advance ethics measures on February 2nd – ten days later.

4/17/15 Panel

Apr 17, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Scheduled topics include Free Trade Pact; E-Cigarette Use; Malaysia Airlines Crash Site; Teenagers Quitting School; Preet Bharara Tension.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Governor Cuomo confirms that the US Attorney, Preet Bharara, sent a warning letter to the lawyer representing the now disbanded Moreland Act Commission on ethics, as first reported in the New York Times. In it, the paper says, Bharara threatened to investigate the governor’s aides and maybe even Cuomo himself for “possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.”

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public appearance since potentially damaging news came out about his staff’s tampering with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development.  But the story continues to dog the governor.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's second trial, Preet Bharara's next move after Governor Andrew Cuomo's sudden shutdown of the Moreland Commission, and WAMC's Locked Box.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock talks about just what the WAMC Locked Box is, Preet Bharara's subpoena, and Westchester County Democrats who want to boot Rob Astorino from his executive position due to his current campaign for governor.

Published reports in the New York Post and New York Daily News say US Attorney Preet Bharara has subpoenaed records from a state ethics panel created by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature.

Blair Horner: Once Again, Feds Have To Fix Albany

Apr 14, 2014

Once again, New Yorkers have had to hope that federal prosecutors can clean up Albany.  When Governor Cuomo unceremoniously pulled the plug on the Moreland Act Commission Investigating Public Corruption as part of a deal with legislative leaders in exchange for weak ethics reforms, even the most optimistic New Yorkers were left depressed.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Nov 14, 2013

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock talks about Democrats threatening to abandon President Obama on health provisions, how the merger of American Airlines and US Airways may effect consumers and what Preet Bharara plans to do about bullying in the Pine Bush  school district in upstate New York.